April 19, 2017

One Year Ago: The First State Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

One year ago today I joined Utah Governor Herbert and other allies at the historic signing of the first state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Dawn Hawkins (NCOSE) speaking at the Utah resolution signing ceremony

Since then, South Dakota and Arkansas have passed the resolution, and it is being considered right now in half a dozen additional states.

Even the Canadian Parliament passed a Motion to study the public health impacts of pornography.

The Israeli Knesset is considering formal statements, and New Zealand activists are petitioning their government to address the harms of pornography.

This public health resolution has sparked an international debate—talk about a domino effect.

Even the media has been covering the public health impacts of pornography. Time Magazine and many other prominent outlets are finally starting to recognize the research.

The GOP included language recognizing the harms of pornography in their party platform, and

many Democrats on Capitol Hill have agreed that this matter needs to be addressed. This is a bipartisan issue.

Do you feel the momentum I feel?

There are two ways you can keep the momentum going:

1) Share this blog with two friends to let them know that we are seeing exciting victories! We need to spread the news and get more people involved in our cause.

2) Contribute to our public health campaign to support efforts to educate more states and countries about the neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography. Donate $10, $20, $30, or any amount you can.

We want to keep getting you results, and changing culture one step at a time!

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.


As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.


Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and refugees. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and three children in Virginia.

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